Strengthening Disaster Risk Management Capacities in Uzbekistan

Project Goal

Members of the disaster preparedness and response group  practice using new equipmentUNDP in Uzbekistan: Combining modern equipment, expertise and practices has helped ensure Uzbekistan is prepared for any and all disasters

The ‘Strengthening Disaster Risk Management Capacities in Uzbekistan’ project works to build upon and expand assistance to relevant institutions, empowering them to create sustainable mechanisms for disaster risk reduction as per the Hyogo Framework for Action (2005-2015).

The Project works to strengthen Uzbekistan’s capacity to prepare for and respond to natural and human-induced disasters, in collaboration with the Ministry of Emergency Situations.

As one of the most seismically-active regions in Central Asia, Uzbekistan has been struck by earthquakes in the eight to ten point range quite frequently. It ranked 24th on the Hot-Spot Countries list of the Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery Programme in 2007. It was recognised accordingly that 9.3 per cent of Uzbekistan’s total area is at risk of natural and man-made disaster, 65.6 per cent of the nation’s population live in such areas, and 65.5 per cent of the national GDP (an annual $12 billion) is earned in these areas. 

Our Results

  • Equipped the Ministry of Emergency Situations with the modern robot-simulator ‘Gosha-01’. The up-to-date and reliable simulator allows users to practice skills regarding the application of the ‘precordial thump’ method to revert cardiac arrest, chest compressions, resuscitation methods and first aid. Using this simulator, each year more than 2,000 people will learn how to provide timely and competent first aid to injured people during emergencies.
  • A public awareness campaign was widely conducted within the framework of the International Day for Disaster Reduction (IDDR), to demonstrate the efforts of the Government of Uzbekistan in disaster prevention and mitigation. The campaign has been conducted from 8th through to the 11th of October in Tashkent city. The main IDDR event was held in the ‘Turkiston’ Concert Hall of Uzbekistan, where over a thousand mahalla (community) leaders, schools, colleges and higher education institutions directors were informed about DRR activities conducted within the frame of the MES and UNDP Project.
  • The project has undertaken the practical retrofitting of Tashkent’s school #64 of the Tashkent and Research Institute of Traumatology and Orthopaedics. This initiative included the maintenance of bookshelves on the walls, the lamination of window glasses, and the installation of stops for mobile equipment in surgery rooms.
  • Over 200 healthcare specialists, school headmasters and community members were trained on basic steps of improving preparedness for an earthquake inside of the buildings (non-structural mitigation).
  • A documentary film was developed based on two Practical Guidelines regarding seismic safety: ‘Can your house withstand an earthquake?’ and ‘How to construct a seismic-safe house?’. The film will be widely used by the MES departments during community trainings, as well as by the educational institutions responsible for the preparation of specialists within the field of architecture and construction in Uzbekistan. The film will also be broadcasted through Uzbekistan’s national TV channels. 
  • A series of brochures and leaflets have been developed, including ‘Reducing Damage during an Earthquake’ and ‘Basic Do’s and Don’t’s Before, During and After an Earthquake’, to improve community preparedness for possible earthquakes.
  • Three all-terrain vehicles have been provided to the Ministry of Emergency Situations, within the framework of UNDP technical support. These vehicles will help the rescuers of the Ministry of Emergency Situations to conduct prevention and mitigation activities within the mountainous regions of the republic.
  • To support the government initiatives in introducing Information and Communications Techology (ICT) and improving the Mnistry of Emergency Situations (MES) services in the Disaster Risk Reduction field, the project has assisted in establishing a video-conferencing system. This system will allow for the making of immediate decisions during emergency situations happening in remote areas, which would reduce the material and economic losses.


Total Budget: USD 1,867,200
UNDP BCPR: USD 1,280,000
UNDP TRAC: USD 446,409
ECHO: USD 129,735
Kapital: USD 11,056